The Pitt football team played one of its best games of the season last weekend, soundly defeating the Virginia Cavaliers. Among the recruits in attendance was class of 2018 commit Wendell Davis (6-foot-2 inches, 220 pounds). It was the first home game the Richmond (VA) Benedictine School linebacker was able to attend and he came away impressed with the team’s performance.
“I thought (Pitt) played really well against Virginia. The linebacker play was really good,” said Davis. “I thought #39 (Saleem Brightwell) played really well. His interception was big. Chase Pine, #36, came in and made a huge stop on the goal line. Overall I thought the linebackers played well and it was a good game to watch.”
“I arrived at Pittsburgh on Friday night and I spoke with Coach Narduzzi and Harley before the game. My parents were impressed as well. They really like the coaching staff. They feel I made a good choice.”
Davis had 20 scholarship offers prior to committing to Pitt. He chose the Panthers over the likes of Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia.
Davis is cognizant that the Panthers are among of the youngest P5 conference teams in the nation. He’s exceptionally excited about the future of the program. “It’s really exciting to be joining a team with a bunch of good players. It’s going to be special in the future,” he said. “The team is young this year. Every team goes through this. They have a young team and they are rebuilding. Next year, with the young talent they have, it’s going to be interesting how real Pitt can be.”
Davis was recruited to play middle linebacker or boundary linebacker which is known as the ‘money’ position in Pitt’s defense.
Benedictine School currently has a 5-4 overall record. Davis compared his school’s situation to Pitt. “We have a lot of talent on our team but we’re really kind of young. Our quarterback is a freshman,” he said. “The situation reminds me of the Panthers. I was moved from weak side linebacker to strong side linebacker this season and I feel like my senior year has gone very well.”
Davis was asked to describe his strengths at the linebacker position and he stated, “I bring a lot of speed to the position. I get to the ball really quick. I get to the ball faster than most linebackers at my level. I made quick reads and a lot of tackles.”
Davis is anxious to take his official visit with the other members of the 2018 class and sell the Pitt football program to any uncommitted players visiting that weekend.
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru